asl, deaf culture, Personal, Post-Activation, Post-Surgery, Research Studies

Heather Artinian: A Role Model For Both the Deaf and Hearing Worlds

  Video Credits: TEDx Talks Today I watched Heather Artinian’s Georgetown TEDxGeorgetown Talk, “Not the Hearing or Deaf World.” Heather Artinian was the star of the popular documentary Sound and Fury and its sequel, Sound and Fury: 6 Years Later. As the daughter of two Deaf parents, Heather grew up in Deaf culture and was taught… Continue reading Heather Artinian: A Role Model For Both the Deaf and Hearing Worlds

asl, deaf culture, Personal, Post-Activation, Post-Surgery, Pre-Surgery, Research Studies

5 Reasons Why I Don’t Sign

I often times speak out against how frustrating it can be to have people see my cochlear implants and automatically assume that I sign. This is annoying but an easy mistake for people who are not familiar with the difference between lowercase d deaf and capital D Deaf to make. What is infuriating to me… Continue reading 5 Reasons Why I Don’t Sign

Personal, Post-Activation, Religion

What It’s Like to Graduate With Cochlear Implants

Hey guys! Long time, no blog! I have been a little bit more active on my other blog, KimErskine.WordPress.com lately. Feel free to check that out if you get a chance. It has a lot of book reviews if you're into that kind of thing! There is one big thing that has happened since I… Continue reading What It’s Like to Graduate With Cochlear Implants

Personal, Post-Activation, Research Studies

1.5 and 2.5 Years Post-Cochlear Implant Activation: Where I Am Now

Image Credits: Design Thinking Blog Hey guys! Wow, long time no updates! I apologize for being so quiet lately I have just been so intensely busy! Juggling work full time at Penn Medicine with teaching part time at Rowan University and taking two classes a semester towards earning my MA in Writing for the past… Continue reading 1.5 and 2.5 Years Post-Cochlear Implant Activation: Where I Am Now

Personal, Post-Activation

What It’s Like to Teach With Cochlear Implants

Image Credits: QuotesGram.com Hey guys! Merry Christmas Eve Eve! Today is a really special day for me because it's the 1 year anniversary of being activated on my right ear. Hurrah! I apologize for the lack of updates. I know I promised you guys back in like August that I'd post on what it's like… Continue reading What It’s Like to Teach With Cochlear Implants

Christianity, Personal, Post-Activation

What It’s Like To Start A New Job (Or 3!) With Cochlear Implants

Image Credits: Matti Frost  Hey guys! Long time, no talk! I can't believe I haven't updated this blog since April! Huge apologies for that --- I've just been so incredibly busy these past few months - mainly with starting my new jobs! Starting a new job with a cochlear implant can be quite a different… Continue reading What It’s Like To Start A New Job (Or 3!) With Cochlear Implants

Christianity, Church, Personal, Post-Activation, Religion

What It’s Like To Go To A Baseball Game With A Cochlear Implant + EXCITING NEWS!

Take me out to the ball game.... It's really been a long while since I wrote anything. Rest be assured, I am not abandoning this blog and I am definitely not abandoning my book project. I've just been extremely busy with work lately. There's been quite a few changes happening lately which are very exciting… Continue reading What It’s Like To Go To A Baseball Game With A Cochlear Implant + EXCITING NEWS!

Personal, Post-Activation

Why Now Is The Perfect Time To Go To Graduate School PLUS What’s Holding Me Back

Image Credits: Seth and Ray If you've known me any time in the last 3 years, you've probably hear this same old argument from me countless times. I said I wanted to go back to school to get my Master's in Public Relations. Then I had my heart set on earning a Master's in English… Continue reading Why Now Is The Perfect Time To Go To Graduate School PLUS What’s Holding Me Back

Personal, Post-Activation

So I Want To Be A Motivational Speaker…

Image Credits: Her Campus  Here are 8 words I never thought I'd say together: 'So I Want To Be A Motivational Speaker..." Growing up, I hated public speaking. I used to get terribly nervous getting up in front of the class and speaking. I'd stumble on my words. I'd forget everything I was supposed to… Continue reading So I Want To Be A Motivational Speaker…

Personal, Post-Activation

How Getting A Cochlear Implant Helped Rid Me Of Anxiety

Image Credits: Pulse Magazine  I have a confession to make. If you're deaf or hard of hearing like myself, than this should come as no surprise. In fact, if you're deaf or hard of hearing like myself, you yourself are or probably have been in the same boat at one point or another. Here it… Continue reading How Getting A Cochlear Implant Helped Rid Me Of Anxiety